William Sherman

Brief Life History of William

When William Sherman was born on 18 May 1750, in Exeter, Kings, Rhode Island, British Colonial America, his father, Ezekiel Sherman, was 28 and his mother, Margaret Knowles, was 24. He married Hannah Stevens on 11 May 1773, in Pawling, Dutchess, New York Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Canaan, Canaan, Columbia, New York, United States in 1810 and New Lebanon, New Lebanon, Columbia, New York, United States in 1820. He registered for military service in 1781. He died on 28 December 1823, in New Lebanon, Columbia, New York, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in New Lebanon, Columbia, New York, United States.

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William Sherman
Hannah Stevens
Marriage: 11 May 1773
Hannah Sherman
William Sherman
George Sherman
Abner Sherman
Samuel Stevens Sherman
Knowles Sherman
Roger Stevens Sherman

Sources (15)

  • Willm Sherman, "United States Census, 1800" Canaan, Columbia, New York, United States
  • William Shearman, "Rhode Island Town Births and Baptisms Index, 1639-1932" Exeter, Kings, Rhode Island, British Colonial America
  • Military: William Sherman [American Revolutionary War Patriot Notes] [IMAGE]

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Name Meaning

English (London): occupational name denoting someone who used shears to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excessive nap, from Middle English sherman, shirman, sharman ‘shearman’.

Americanized form of North German Schürmann (see Schuermann ) and of German or Jewish (Ashkenazic) Schermann .

Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a tailor, from Yiddish sher ‘scissors’ + man ‘man’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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